I agree its a questionable assumption. He's only 61Kg and just won a TT ahead of confirmed TTers like Alex Dowsett and Yves Lampaert . Some Watts per Kilo estimates would be interesting.I think riders/teams would have to be a special kind of stupid to let this kid get 10 minutes–for them to assume he won't be able to climb with the best is a...questionable assumption IMO.
Yeah it's weird. Andy Schleck finished 2nd in a Giro at 21.I don't like that idea. Imagine him being in the top 5 at the end of the second week.
How certain do we know he's only 61kg?Wow, this kid really does seem amazing. Regarding his climbing potential, yes we haven't really seen this yet but he only weighs 61Kg and now we know he's a TT beast. That means sky high watts per Kilo. I don't see why he wouldn't be great on climbs.
He said so himself. The article he said it in, is in this very topic (first 20 pages). He talks about it and says he already lost 9kg since he quit football. This was supposedly his weight for Innsbruck. After that, he gained 2.5-3 kg earlier this season (during San Juan), which is where the comment by Lefevre came from ("Remco is too fat"). Which in turn provoked a response by Remco, saying he has no intention to start dieting in order to get skinny, before he was physically fullgrown. It's possible he has lost a bit of weight again, but he likely isn't going to be skinnier than that.Well, I don't think we can trust Wiki 100%... according to "them" - and PCS - Evenepoel is only one CM shorter than Affini. Looking at the podium photo, I'm having a hard time believing THAT.
(Though I think the mistake might be with Affini's height.)
It's a stupid bet because it's extremely unlikely Evenepoel will compete in the Tour next year. But if he did, I would seriously take a bet him winning over Quintana.Just looked at the odds for the 2020 Tour de France and incredibly one bookmaker is offering just 33/1 on Remco winning the tour GC next year yet they price Quintana at 66/1.
I think he and other young riders would be physically strong to finish a GT, but pushing your body everyday takes a toll on your psyche too. Not just the obvious physical aspects. I think the mix of both might not be too good for a young rider to endure too early. Most young riders wouldnt have too much pressure or expectations the first time riding a GT. For Remco that would not be the case. Therefore it might be best to wait a little. Let him have a go at the Vuelta next year imo, but if he firing in the spring next year. They might consider sending him to the Tour if outside influence too strong I guess. Maybe in support for Ala and stage hunting.Isn't this "letting our young rider not finishing the Grand Tour" used because young riders tend to not be physically strong enough to complete a Grand Tour without completely fatiguing themselves?
That would clearly not be the case for a rider who is at the top echelon of the sport, regardless of whatever age he may possess.
Mas had done one solid Grand Tour, in September, when all the good riders are already off the market. More so, we're yet to see the best of Mas and whether he is worth flipping over a team and signing riders for. Remco is only 19. As he develops, so can Quick-Step in the Grant Tour department. Their reinforcements don't have to come immediately. They can make a slow transition in signings and/or develop them. Bagioli, who is really, really good himself, could jump in in the future for instance.Do you all think that DQS would be the ideal place for Remco to become a decent GT rider if they couldn't do much for Mas, who was supposedly the next Contador? I think they could do well with him in the classic type of races and maybe 1 week races but they don't have a decent squad for GT races.
Mas broke through at DQS, which spells good for Evenepoel.Do you all think that DQS would be the ideal place for Remco to become a decent GT rider if they couldn't do much for Mas, who was supposedly the next Contador? I think they could do well with him in the classic type of races and maybe 1 week races but they don't have a decent squad for GT races.
Evenepoel should bring in extra sponsorship for the Belgium Team if he lives up to his undoubted potential though.Evenepoel having lost weight makes a lot of sense then.
Mas broke through at DQS, which spells good for Evenepoel.
DQS have plenty of coverage on different races to keep pressure of Evenepoel to win GTs in the next few years.
Only problem I see for DQS is Evenepoel's worth will burn through a budget at alarming rates the older he gets. DQS don't have infinites amount of money like another team.